Modus.Ponens wrote:During routine tasks, such as walking to work, cleaning the house, washing dishes, taking a bath, etc. be continuously mindful of the activity you're doing. I focus on the movement of the body or the sensations resulting from it. This is easy to do because in your mind it won't be taking time away from anything. But this simple application of mindfulness will have the effect of reducing the hindrances, including lazyness. The other positive effect is that you'll become more aware of the hindrances and you'll get to their origins. In case of people, such as me, that have suffered depression, the hindrance of lazyness is stronger and has psychological causes. The good news is that they can be fixed.
Try to do this and take note of how much of what you (don't) do is influenced by this hindrance in particular. Then apply equanimity and you'll be on your way.
Ben wrote:Greetings weakfocus
Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.
I have been a student of SN Goenka since 1985. I have vivid memories of attempting to do the practice during a ten-day course for the first time then practicing at home - it is hard. It is also hard to get established with a regular meditation schedule and it took me some time.
If you haven't attended a ten-day course in six years it might be worthwhile thinking about attending another - if you have the time and volition. In the meantime, I am happy to discuss any issues you have.
mal4mac wrote:Why not make "interrupting" thoughts, and consequent frustration, part of the meditation?
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